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Davenport Mom Protests Contraceptive Law


 A local woman is taking her problem with an Iowa contraceptive services law to the streets.

"I don't know what is going to come of this," Theresa of Davenport said. "I just hope people realize what the government's done.  I don't want this to happen to anybody else."

Theresa, a Davenport mother, said she took her 13-year-old daughter to get a contraceptive implant at Edgerton Women's Health Center in Davenport. However, her daughter later had it removed without her mom's consent when she was 14 and got pregnant.

Edgerton's CFO, Pat Koranda said there is no age of consent in Iowa to get contraceptive services – or in Theresa's daughter's case – to remove a contraceptive implant. 

"The policy allows women and girls to control their own reproductive health rights," Koranda said.

Koranda also said teen pregnancy rates are down across the state of Iowa thanks to the policy.

Less than three percent of teen girls and women in Iowa get pregnant, according to the most recent figures from the Department of Health and Human Services.

In Illinois where the age of consent for contraception is generally 18 ... A little more than three percent of teen girls get pregnant, also according to the DHHS.

Illinois minors do not have to get parental consent for contraceptive services if they are pregnant, married, at a health risk, a parent or by doctor referral.